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AVONDALE, Ariz. – Shell-Pennzoil Dodge driver Sam Hornish Jr. will start Sunday’s AdvoCare 500 here at Phoenix International Raceway from the 26th position. Hornish clocked in with a 26.633-second (135.171 mph) lap in Friday’s qualifying session to earn the starting spot.
“I feel bad for the guys first of all because we wrecked the first car,” Hornish said after making his run.” We got down on the splitter and actually started bouncing the front of the car. That’s my call to know when it’s too much. We were very free getting into the corners here for qualifying. Guys worked real hard on the Shell-Pennzoil Dodge and I feel pretty good about what they’re going to give me moving forward from here. It’s been a rough day but we’re going to keep our heads and keep working at it. I appreciate all their help.”
Hornish got into the wall with his primary Dodge Charger early in today’s practice session and the team immediately went to their backup Shell-Pennzoil car. The backup
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